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Researchers at Eligible IHEs for Research in Biomedicine

Smith Family Awards Program for Excellence in Biomedical Research

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Deadline Date:

06/22/22 12:00 Noon ET


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Grants to Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island junior researchers at eligible IHEs for research in biomedicine. Funding is intended to support projects in any field of biomedical science and may involve data, human subjects, and samples. Requests will be accepted from faculty at nonprofit academic, medical, or research institutions in Massachusetts, at Brown University in Rhode Island, or at Yale University in Connecticut. Applications from women and people from groups underrepresented in biomedical research are particularly encouraged.

Research projects must be conducted within the entity that is submitting the application. Award funds will go to that entity. For example, if an applicant submits from Harvard Medical School, the research project must be conducted at Harvard Medical School and not at an affiliate location (such as Massachusetts General Hospital or Boston Children’s Hospital).

Expenses eligible for support include the Recipient’s salary and fringe benefits; salaries and fringe benefits of personnel essential to the Project for only their work as it directly relates to the Project; publication of scientific data; travel to scientific meetings; laboratory and data processing supplies; and other direct expenses such as equipment essential to the Project. Award funds may only be used for salaries in proportion to the percent effort on the Project. However, percent effort may exceed the percent of total remuneration requested.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 191750

Number of Grants:

Up to five awards will be made.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Three-year awards in the amount of $300,000 ($100,000 per year inclusive of 5% overhead) will be granted.

Term of Contract:

Three-year awards will be granted. The Award Period will be April 1, 2023 – March 31, 2026.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Awards target new faculty who are within three and a half years of their first independent appointment by the start of funding on April 1st. Applicants must be full-time faculty at nonprofit academic, medical or research institutions in Massachusetts, at Brown University or at Yale University.

United States citizenship is not required.

Applications will be accepted from full-time faculty who have received or will receive their first independent research faculty appointment on or between October 1, 2019 through April 1, 2023. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the eligibility period for the 2022 and 2023 grant cycles was extended by one year. This means that researchers who were promoted to their first tenuretrack Assistant Professor appointment no more than 3.5 years prior to the award start date of April 1, 2023 are eligible to apply for this award in the current grant cycle. As in years prior to 2022, it is likely that in future cycles the eligibility window will be 2.5 years of independence prior to the award start.

The three-year Award supports newly independent faculty engaged in basic or translational biomedical research. Investigators in the physical sciences (physics, chemistry, and engineering) whose projects focus on biomedical science are also encouraged to apply. While basic research projects involving human subjects, data, and samples are eligible, clinical trials research is beyond the scope of this program.

Funds may not be used for new construction, the renovation of existing facilities, fundraising projects, or endowments. Funds may not be used for any political activity, accumulated deficits, or for any other purpose prohibited by the Internal Revenue Service Code. Funds awarded for the direct costs of the project may not be used for general operating costs. Research-related expenses not directly related to the Project, general office supplies, individual institutional administrative charges in addition to indirect costs (e.g., telephone, other electronic communication, IT network), professional membership dues, and pre-award charges are not allowable expenses.

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Pre-Application Information:

Initial Stage Proposals are due June 22, 2022 at 12 PM ET

Invited applicants will be asked to submit Full Proposals due in early November.

In order to ensure that the strongest research candidates from eligible institutions are able to apply, the Smith Family Foundation is piloting a two-stage application process in which the institutional nomination process is eliminated, and any eligible candidate is invited to submit an initial proposal. Applicant eligibility must be verified by the relevant department Chair and the institution’s Office of Sponsored Research or the initial proposal will not be considered. There is no limit on the number of applicants from a given institution. The Scientific Review Committee will select a subset of initial applicants to invite to submit full proposals.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut: Yale University;   Massachusetts;   Rhode Island: Brown University

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